Semiological Interpretation of the Electroacoustic Music Phenomenon




electroacoustic, perception, poietic process, esthetic process, semiotic


As evolving technologies become more massive and more easily accessible to virtually every user, as the speed of the global Internet grows faster and more, the composer’s relationship with these capabilities takes on new meanings. It was not so much the issues of accessibility and quantity that became relevant, but rather the issues of quality, artistic value, and the uniqueness of creation. This article attempts to review the principles of composing electroacoustic music based on semiological theory. Music, as a message, passes through the various stages of creation, transforming the consciousness of both its sender and receiver. It is important to capture, highlight and define these processes. The identification of oneself as a creator and a clear, unambiguous perception of one’s work provides a clear ideological and esthetic basis for new means of composition. Electroacoustic music opens the way to hear any possible sounds, infinity of sounds — from realistic to surreal. The listener’s traditional connection to physical sound is often severed: electroacoustic sound forms and qualities usually do not reveal the original sound source and cause. Composers face the dilemma of how to ground a new esthetic field in the wide-open world of sounds, how to develop more clearly defined methods of sound creation, how to understand and explain electroacoustic music.

Author Biography

Marius Salynas, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Postgraduate Student at the Department of Composition


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